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rogerp
30-09-2007, 09:36 PM
I am just wondering what the difference between these two types of cards are. Is GTS much faster than a GT. Also is it better to get a 256MB GTs card, rather than a 512MB GT card?

Deane F
30-09-2007, 10:30 PM
The answer to the question really comes down to what you're planning on using the card for.

And whether you'll notice a difference over what you've got now really comes down to.....what you've got now.

As a general rule, unless you're making a jump of three tiers or more, you won't notice a large enough change to justify the expense.

However, generally speaking, more on-card memory is better because the card memory is extremely fast and the bus between it and the GPU is huge. So the more it can hold - the more smoothly it can run.

Fishy
30-09-2007, 10:52 PM
Google is your friend.

http://www.theinquirer.net/en/inquirer/news/2007/04/17/the-inq-puts-8600gtgts-cards-through-their-paces

Battleneter2
01-10-2007, 08:27 AM
If you are a standard user the 8600X's are fine. If you only plan to run the latest games (Ie Bioshock) in 1280x1024 or less at medium quality, then the 8600GTS is fine.

If you are a gamer I STRONGLY advise saving your penny's and getting a 8800GTS 320MB as the 8600's are slower than the highest end last generation. The 8600's need the eye candy turned down rendering its DX10 capability near pointless.

512MB over 256 will not help much as the GPU doesn't have the grunt to run the highest quality textures anyway. An example of the was the 7900GT256MB vs the 7950GT512MB, with the 7950GT's extra Vram barely helping. A 320MB 8800GTS will destroy a 512Mb 8600GTS in every game no question.

The extra Ram on the 640MB 8800GTS "does" make a difference over the 320MB 8800GTS as the 8800GPU has the Grunt to run high end games at higher detail.

Simply put, there is a strong relationship between GPU power(speed) and Vram.

LiquidSolidity
01-10-2007, 09:59 AM
If you are a standard user the 8600X's are fine. If you only plan to run the latest games (Ie Bioshock) in 1280x1024 or less at medium quality, then the 8600GTS is fine.

If you are a gamer I STRONGLY advise saving your penny's and getting a 8800GTS 320MB as the 8600's are slower than the highest end last generation. The 8600's need the eye candy turned down rendering its DX10 capability near pointless.

512MB over 256 will not help much as the GPU doesn't have the grunt to run the highest quality textures anyway. An example of the was the 7900GT256MB vs the 7950GT512MB, with the 7950GT's extra Vram barely helping. A 320MB 8800GTS will destroy a 512Mb 8600GTS in every game no question.

The extra Ram on the 640MB 8800GTS "does" make a difference over the 320MB 8800GTS as the 8800GPU has the Grunt to run high end games at higher detail.

Simply put, there is a strong relationship between GPU power(speed) and Vram.

Very well explained! :)